Dewi Lake Leads Wales in Twickenham Clash Against South Africa

Dewi Lake will captain Wales against South Africa at Twickenham, with Ellis Bevan making his test debut. Lake replaces Dayfdd Jenkins, unavailable due to club commitments. Jac Morgan, initially expected to be skipper, is out due to a hamstring injury. Wales faces significant challenges with multiple key players missing.

Reuters | Updated: 18-06-2024 17:16 IST | Created: 18-06-2024 17:16 IST
Dewi Lake Leads Wales in Twickenham Clash Against South Africa

Dewi Lake will captain Wales against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, with scrumhalf Ellis Bevan to make his test debut in the clash, coach Warren Gatland announced on Tuesday. Hooker Lake takes over the captaincy from Dayfdd Jenkins, who led the side in the Six Nations Championship earlier this year, but who, along with other players based at English or French clubs, is not available for the one-off game against the World Cup winners.

Jac Morgan was expected to skipper the side but has been released from the squad after failing to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in Ospreys' quarter-final defeat at Munster in the United Rugby Championship on June 7 and will not go on Wales' tour of Australia next month. Cardiff's Bevan takes over at scrumhalf from Tomos Williams, who recently had ankle surgery.

There is also a first start for 31-year-old Dragons second rower Matthew Screech, who made a replacement appearance against Argentina three years ago, as Wales are severely hampered in the lock department with eight possible options out for Saturday's clash. As a result, James Ratti from Ospreys was called up on Tuesday to cover both the second and back rows and immediately named among the substitutes. He is, therefore, expected to make his Wales debut from the bench, as are Eddie James and Jacob Beetham. James Botham - who was called into the squad on Monday – is named at openside flank while Taine Plumtree is on the blindside as he wins a third cap, having last featured for Wales against England at Twickenham in August last year.

Liam Williams starts on the wing in his first appearance since last year's World Cup in France. "We have our backs to the wall a little bit this week, but we're really excited about the challenge on Saturday," said Gatland in a statement.

"The coaches and I have been very happy with the effort that's going in. There's a huge amount of potential in this group and the next five weeks will be extremely important for us in terms of wanting to develop this team." Gatland will name his squad for the tour to Australia after Saturday's test.

Team: 15-Cameron Winnett, 14-Liam Williams, 13-Owen Watkin, 12-Mason Grady, 11-Rio Dyer, 10-Sam Costelow, 9-Ellis Bevan, 8-Aaron Wainwright, 7-James Botham, 6-Taine Plumtree, 5-Ben Carter, 4-Matthew Screech, 3-Henry Thomas, 2-Dewi Lake (captain), 1-Gareth Thomas Replacements: 16-Evan Lloyd, 17-Kemsley Mathias, 18-Kieron Assiratti, 19-James Ratti, 20-Mackenzie Martin, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Eddie James, 23-Jacob Beetham.

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